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OPP officer sent boyfriend photo of half-naked female prisoner
by Joe Lofaro, The Ottawa Citizen
26 Jan 2017 at 2:36pm
Const. Luanne MacDonald, based in Alexandria, Ont., also shared a photograph of a half-naked inmate in the cell block with her partner.


Labour dispute continues to disrupt Gatineau transit system
by Susana Mas, The Ottawa Citizen
25 Jan 2017 at 6:23am
Several dozen bus runs were cancelled in Gatineau again Wednesday as unionized drivers and mechanics continue a work-to-rule campaign in a contract dispute with the Société de transport de l’Outaouais. Commuting delays and long lineups were widespread across the transit network. Chaos ensued after dozens of buses remained in the garage for mechanical inspection forcing […]


Science of winter: Noon this time of year is not 12:00. On Wednesday it's at ...
by Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen
25 Jan 2017 at 5:21am
Here’s an oddity for those who were taught that noon is the middle of the day, and the sun is due south at 12:00. Neither is true. Noon this time of year is not 12:00. On Tuesday and Wednesday it is at 12:15 p.m., and it’s getting steadily later, as measured by the time when the […]


Capital is "seriously worth it," expat canuck Mike Myers tells USA Today
by Megan Gillis, Postmedia
25 Jan 2017 at 5:18am
Party on, Wayne. Comedian Mike Myers of Wayne’s World, Shrek and Austin Powers may be living south of the border but he’s so proud of his roots that he recently shared the best places to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with USA Today. That’s after the expatriate patriot released his book Canada, a love letter to […]


'I just feel really let down': Mother of child in stayed sexual assault case
by Andrew Seymour, Ottawa Citizen
25 Jan 2017 at 4:57am
A mother who watched as a 15-year-old boy accused of sexually assaulting her three-year-old daughter at a home daycare had his criminal charges stayed because of court delays said she feels betrayed by Ontario’s justice system. The little girl’s mother said a judge’s decision earlier this month to stay the charges based on new guidelines […]


Clear commute but dusting of snow, fog patches forecast for Wednesday night
by Megan Gillis, Postmedia
25 Jan 2017 at 4:48am
It’s back on the school bus for Ottawa kids and a so-far trouble-free Wednesday morning commute for the rest of us with more snow on tap for the evening. Motorists may need to refill the windshield washer fluid to clear all the salty spray from wet roads but OC Transpo was running smoothly and there were no school bus cancellations. […]


Trustees respond as parents plea for neighbourhood schools, English-language ...
by Jacquie Miller, Ottawa Citizen
24 Jan 2017 at 9:08pm
Ottawa public school trustees have agreed to revise a report that some parents feared would lead to the loss of neighbourhood schools that offer both English and French immersion programs. Parents at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board meeting Tuesday said they oppose consolidation of English programming into specialized schools. The popularity of French immersion in […]


Ottawa planning committee OKs Bronson Avenue student housing tower
by Matthew Pearson, Ottawa Citizen
24 Jan 2017 at 7:06pm
Students who want to live off campus will soon have another option ? a 12-storey, purpose-built private student residence on Bronson Avenue, about a kilometre north of Carleton University. The planning committee on Tuesday approved Textbook Suites’ proposal to build 172 bachelor, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments for university students at 774 Bronson Ave., just south of […]


Alien Zombies: Epidemiologist launches a comic book about immunity
by Joanne Laucius, Ottawa Citizen
24 Jan 2017 at 4:50pm
About a year ago, Dr. Kumanan Wilson was speaking to his son’s Grade 6 class about the intricate workings of the immune system with the help of a slide show about alien invaders. That grabbed their attention. Then the light bulb went off. “There were no preconceived notions in their minds,” said Wilson, a physician, […]


Gatineau police say 911 call should have been prioritized in homicide
by Andrew Duffy, Ottawa Citizen
24 Jan 2017 at 4:33pm
Gatineau police say an emergency dispatcher should have prioritized a 911 call about an “agitated man” and sent a police car immediately to the scene of what turned out to be a homicide. In a news release Tuesday, police spokesman Jean-Paul Le May said an internal review confirmed no patrol car was available to answer the 911 call. […]


Woman pulled from Rideau River
by Lois Kirkup
24 Jan 2017 at 3:59pm
A young woman who ventured onto the partially frozen Rideau River had to be rescued by emergency crews Tuesday afternoon.  Police and firefighters responded to the scene, near Bronson Avenue and Riverside Drive, after several 911 calls about a woman in the water just after 4 p.m. Several bystanders tried to help the woman before […]


Burris, wife get closer to landing permanent resident status in Canada
by Gord Holder, Ottawa Citizen
24 Jan 2017 at 3:58pm
The former Redblacks quarterback and his wife hope to have a decision on their applications within three months.


Eastern Ontario drought appears close to ending
by Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen
24 Jan 2017 at 3:21pm
The drought that reached severe status this summer appears to be ending as lakes are high and streams are running after snow, rain and some melting. The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority has downgraded the drought status to “minor,” and the Mississippi Valley authority has cancelled its drought warning altogether. Experts warn however that the return […]


Prom murder trial: Defence attacks Crown witness over changing story
by Lois Kirkup
24 Jan 2017 at 3:16pm
The lawyer defending accused prom-night killer Devontay Hackett chipped away Tuesday at a Crown witness?s version of events leading to the 2014 slaying of Brandon Volpi. Under cross-examination by Joseph Addelman, witness Mauricio Rodriguez, 20, was grilled about his spotty memory and changing story. Rodriguez has testified that he asked Volpi, 18, to walk him […]


United Ways across Eastern Ontario to merge
by Lois Kirkup
24 Jan 2017 at 3:15pm
The United Way will soon become the ?amalgamated way? in Ottawa, Lanark, Renfrew and Prescott-Russell. Talks have been underway for more than two years on the proposed merger that would see the charities share ?back end? costs such as accounting and human resources, while maintaining their public ?front end? services in their communities, said Ottawa […]


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